“Billie, Ella and Louis “
Once again the Brisbane Jazz Club presented a world class group of jazz musicians to the public for an evening of wonderful “Great American song book” classics of as sung by “Billie, Ella and Louis”.
Daniel Barnett and Tricia Evy were the consummate performers, supported by the fabulous Anthony Howe Trio with Matt McMahon on piano, Karl Dunnicliffe on Bass and Anthony on drums.
The evening commenced with a wonderful haunting rendition of “Summertime” by Tricia. This was followed by groovy duets “A Foggy day” and “Cheek to cheek” in a series of fabulous Gershwin tunes made famous by Ella . Dan’s delicious trombone complimented Tricia’s lovely voice and together with the fab band, produced a swinging evening of jazz classics.
There was a hint of Louis Armstrong when Tricia (she really parodies Louis well) and Karl combined to perform ‘On the Sunny Side of the street’. Boy didn’t Dan make his trombone’ sing as well as he did during his amazing version of “Mood Indigo”.
After a change of gown, Tricia presented us with some of the classic songs made famous by the wonderful but tragic Billy Holiday. Particularly moving
was Tricia’s rendition of “I’m a fool to want you”.
After the break, the audience was treated to Tricia and Dan combining on more duets then Tricia took Gershwin’s beautiful ” I loves you Porgy” to a new level of pathos.
There was a minor but brilliant departure from the traditional songs when Dan played not only one, but two conch shells simultaneously and sang (in between playing the conches) Jobim’s “One Note Samba”. Hot Latin!
One could say that you can’t go wrong with the choice of material, it never tires, however Dan and Tricia presented all the songs in a way that paid homage to and was reminiscent of the original artists yet without imitation. The arrangements were brilliantly refreshing. My favourite (if it’s possible to chose) was ‘They Can’t Take That Away from me’ a combination of vocals, Dan’s trombone and Tricia’s scat trombone. We could see the chemistry between the vocalists, sparks were flying.
‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ featured Tricia with Dan on Trombone together with the vocal gymnastic falsetto of Anthony Howe and scatting by Matt McMahon and Karl Dunnicliffe. The evening ended with the brilliant “Stomping at the Savoy” which brought the audience to it’s feet.
This was one hot combo who delighted the audience. A brilliant night.